Smartypants Exclusive ChildcareStaff
All our staff hold formal qualifications in childcare, ranging from level 3-6, Foundation Degree, BA Honours, Early Years Teacher Status, all who carry a high level of experience working with children and have grown with Smartypants over the years.
We take the recruitment of staff seriously, having a robust recruiting procedure in place ensuring all staff are DBS checked and qualifications are up to date and relevant.
We ensure excellent ratios, working in small keyworker groups. This we believe is the only way to achieve the best quality care education and individual child development.
We have a low turnover of staff, and a long established management team who inspire with their leadership to create positive attitudes and close teamwork.
All current staff are qualified first aiders as we strongly believe the care of our children is of the upmost importance.
We also employ a qualified cook who follows DFE guidelines to provide healthy balanced meals and snacks which are all freshly cooked. All our children’s allergies and dietary requirements are catered for.
One member of staff in our setting is trained in Makaton and has shared her knowledge with other members of staff who have introduced it into their routines. All staff are offered SEND training when it becomes available with the Local Authority.
The Deputy Manager is qualified to Level 5, along with two other members of staff. All other staff members are qualified to Level 2 or 3, with the exception of one new member of staff who is expected to undertake some form of training in the near future. Two other members of staff are currently studying towards a Level 5 qualification which they are expected to complete soon.
Training undertaken by staff members is then cascaded to other staff members in the form of staff meetings. Specific training would be accessed if it would be beneficial to the needs of a child.
“Management effectively leads highly reflective and well qualified staff, who are dedicated to continual improvement”.